Boots receives further setback in multimillion pound utility bill battle

High street chemist Boots’ bid to secure a refund on what it claims were more than 40 years of overpaid utility bills received a further setback yesterday when the Court of Appeal ruled against the company. Boots has been suing utility firm Severn Trent Water for almost £8m, claiming it had been overcharging for the removal of “trade effluent” from its factory in Beeston, Nottingham, since 1974. The case examines the rights of commercial owners or occupiers of premises to connect their drains to public sewers and the escalating cost that could mount up when the legal definition of
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